Album Review: Bryan Ferry – Olympia (Virgin)

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This is no disciple-assisted rebirth

On the sleeve, [b]Kate Moss[/b] “reclines seductively” (thanks, [i]Daily Mail[/i]!); musically everyone from [a]Scissor Sisters[/a] to [a]Jonny Greenwood[/a] and three members of [b]Roxy[/b] (including [b]Eno[/b]) lend a hand. But this is no disciple-assisted rebirth. All these contributors are superfluous, each ending up being merely a tiny part of one long pleasant-but-indistinguishable soup of tasteful sessioneering, over which The Voice totally dominates. Problem being that while the highs – a beautiful take on [b]‘Song To The Siren’[/b] – are super-high, by the time of [b]‘BF Bass (Ode To Olympia)’[/b], you feel the need for something other than Bryan’s croon, and it isn’t there.

[b]Hamish MacBain[/b]

6/10

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